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Town mulls options for replacing bridge

December 3, 2018

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state officials say a historically important, but badly deteriorated bridge can only be replaced by a similar looking bridge.

Agency of Transportation engineer Laura Stone says the Depot Street Bridge in Rockingham could be replaced for a cost of about $3.4 million. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the state Division for Historic Preservation has deemed the bridge architecturally significant — complicating repair plans.

Stone says the bridge, which is in very poor shape, cannot be removed until it can be replaced with an “in kind” bridge.

The state is also recommending an alternative plan to build a new bridge slightly north of the Depot Street Bridge. Authorities say a new bridge would cost about $3.5 million.

The Rockingham Select Board has made no decision on either option yet.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/

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